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BCHL Award Winners Named for 2016-17 Season

By Marshall Mackinder on March 03, 2017

Brendan Harris was selected for two BCHL awards, plus a third that did not require voting, to add to coach Bliss Littler's Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy for a total of four awards for the Wenatchee Wild. (Garrett James photo)

As the BCHL Playoffs commenced this weekend, the annual BCHL Awards were handed out on Thursday and only in their second season in the BCHL, the Wenatchee Wild took home the most hardware. There was a list of three finalists for each award, one from each division. The winners were chosen after a second round of coach voting.

Vern Dye Memorial Trophy (League MVP) / Bob Fenton Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike): Brendan Harris, F, Wenatchee Wild
Harris led the BCHL in scoring with 98 points while scoring only 23 goals. He also led the league in assists with 75. Harris only missed one game all season and only accumulated 14 penalty minutes winning the Bob Fenton Trophy most sportsmanlike player in the league. He helped the Wild lead the league in goals with 294. The Henderson, Nevada native is off to Bemidji State in the fall. 

Other MVP finalists included Victoria Grizzlies goaltender Matthew Galajda and Penticton Vees goaltender Mat Robson

Other Sportsmanlike finalists were Powell River rookie Cam Donaldson and Penticton forward Grant Cruikshank.

Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year): Cam Donaldson, F, Powell River Kings
Donaldson led all rookies in points with 69 and tied for goals scored with 32. He averaged 1.28 points per game and led the River Kings in GWG with seven. The small, speedy forward is committed to Cornell and will take his talents to Ithaca, NY beginning this fall.

Other finalists included Langley Rivermen forward Brendan Budy and Merritt Centennial forward Zach Risteau.

Top Defenceman Award: Jake Stevens, D, Victoria Grizzlies
Stevens was a cog on the blue line for Victoria, he was on the ice for every game and played a ton of minutes. A key power play performer as well as one of the teams top penalty killers, Stevens scored eight goals and totalled 53 points for the Island Division Champions. He finished second in the league for defenceman scoring and saw a huge jump in points from a season ago where he only had 19. The Naperville, Illinois native will head to Canton, NY and play for St. Lawrence University in the fall.

Other finalists for top defenceman were Tyler Anderson from the Prince George Spruce Kings and Michael Ufberg from the Vernon Vipers.

Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Bliss Littler, Wenatchee Wild
Littler led the only American team in the league to the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy as the team finished with the best regular season record of 45-9-4 and 94 points. The record is also the best in franchise history, dating back to the team's tenure in the NAHL.

Other candidates for Coach of the year were Victoria's Bench boss Craig Didmon and Penticton Vees longtime head coach Fred Harbinson.

Awards that did not require voting included the Brett Hull Award, Goaltending Award and Wally Foslund Award.

Harris made it three by winning the Brett Hull Award for top scorer.

Vernon Vipers goaltender Darion Hanson won the Goaltending Award with lowest goals-against average (and a minimum of 1,000 minutes played) at 1.84. 

The Wally Forslund Award for the goalie tandem with the lowest combined goals against average went to the Penticton Vees duo of Mat Robson and Nolan Hildebrand with a combined GAA of 2.14. 

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By Marshall Mackinder| March 03, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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